God has called us to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The only hope our world has is Jesus Christ. As Paul determined to know nothing but Christ and him crucified during his ministry in the Corinthian church, we will boldly, passionately, and clearly proclaim the gospel to our community through our words and our lives (1 Cor. 2:2; 1 Jn. 3:16-18). The gospel is the opposite of religion. Religion is about what we must do, whereas the gospel is about what Jesus has done (Eph. 2:8-10). In religion, we obey so that we may earn God’s acceptance. In the gospel, we find that we are accepted in Christ so that we may be empowered to obey him. Our church will be committed to preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as revealed in both the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture. The gospel is the message that saves sinners and sanctifies believers (Rom. 10:17; Gal. 3:3). Thus, we will not be a church that preaches mere good advice. We will preach good news—in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our church!
God has called us to connect people in loving Christian community. The church of Jesus Christ is foremost a community of people (1 Pt. 2:10). We are not a mere collection of individuals. Authentic community is an answer to a deep felt need in our society. We live in a world where we build garages on the back of our house so we don’t have to ever see our neighbors. We have a deep longing for something more. We are meant to belong. We were not meant to be alone. And in Christ we have much more than our individualistic culture has to offer. At salvation, God calls us and gathers us into Christian community. And while community is certainly more than our weekend gatherings, it is certainly not less (Heb. 10:24-25). We will gather to worship Jesus as a corporate body, but will also gather in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, and anywhere else community life happens. The Greek word for fellowship “koinonia” means to “participate with” (Acts 2:42). We were meant to have deep meaningful relationships with people with whom we share the joys and pains of life (Rom 12:15). We will be real about the messiness of our lives (1 Jn. 1:7). We will be accountable to confess sin. We will be compassionate, and we will share our lives with one another. We will share meals together, study scripture together, pray together, and reach out to the lost together. God is not just a fan of community. As the Trinity, he is one.
God has called us to seek the transformation of culture within the city of Amarillo, Texas, the West Texas Panhandle, and beyond for the glory of God. In Acts, we see that the first group of 120 Christians began a movement that split history into two pieces and reshaped global empires (Acts 1:8). Likewise, deep within in our hearts, we desire to be a part of something that big. We want our lives to matter. We want to change the world. If 120 people were able to change the world, we know that we can change our city. Thus, we are a church committed to the mission of God in the earth. We will not sit idly by, while our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues are in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom. 9:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:11-15). Led, filled, and empowered by the Spirit of God, we will aggressively, creatively, and passionately seek the lost, preach the gospel, and plant churches (Mt. 28:19-20). We are committed to raising up, training, and releasing pastors and teams of people to be sent out to begin new churches in the city of Amarillo, the Texas Panhandle region, and beyond (see Appendix). We will be a church of senders (those who will work with diligence and excellence at their jobs so that we may resource new works) and the sent (those who will be willing to leave and go wherever God may call them). As a people commissioned by God, all of our members will engage the artistic, political, educational, and economic spheres of culture in our city with a gospel-intentionality. We will invest in our community and seek its welfare (Jer. 29:7). We will reach out to the marginalized and the hurting (Mt. 25:34-40). We will mobilize our body to serve and love people in every context of life. We are missionaries. God has called us not create a mere meeting. He has called us to create a movement!